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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

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Whale washed up on Cumbrian beach

Walkers were left stunned when they discovered a dead whale washed up on the beach.

West Cumbria whale photo
Liam Towers with the whale

The mammal – about 25ft long – was found on the coastline between Braystones and Sellafield.

Willie Kirby made the grim discovery yesterday afternoon when he was out walking his dog.

The 31-year-old told the News & Star: “At first I didn’t know what it was, but when I realised it was a whale, I was shocked. It was massive.

“It wasn’t there on Monday morning and when I found it, it looked like it hadn’t been dead for too long.”

Liam Towers, who lives at Gosforth, went to the beach when the tide was coming in at about 7pm yesterday.

“My friend rang me to say that he’d found a whale on the beach,” said the 34-year-old. “At first I didn’t believe him but I could see something in the distance and as I walked closer, I saw this huge whale.

Just four months ago, a fin or sei whale was found at Drigg, which is about four miles away. Experts said at the time that the mammal, an endangered species, could have came from as far away as Hawaii.

In 2006 a minke whale was washed up on Seascale beach.

The latest whale has also been identified as a minke whale.

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